Rolls-Royce believes it can contain the financial cost of last November’s uncontained disc failure in a Trent 900 engine to not much more than £56 million ($89.6 million). It allocated that amount for dealing with the fallout from the accident on a Qantas A380 airliner in its financial results for 2010, announced on February 10.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed the potential existence of a manufacturing problem in Rolls-Royce Trent 900s fitted to some Airbus A380s in a safety recommendation it issued today. The recommendation identifies a potential defect in an oil tube connection to the high-pressure (HP)/intermediate-pressure (IP) bearing structure.
Pratt & Whitney today filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut against Rolls-Royce, claiming that UK-based engine maker misled the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to obtain a patent related to swept fan blades.
U.S. energy group Solena is accelerating its efforts to establish a plant in the London area that from 2014 could be turning 500,000 metric tons of domestic waste into jet fuel each year. Its GreenSky program has already attracted its first customer in British Airways, which has committed to buying the new factory’s complete annual output as part of its goal to halve its total carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
Rolls-Royce today filed a complaint alleging infringement by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) of the Rolls-Royce swept fan blade patent. The complaint specifically identifies the fan stages on both the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine and the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engine. It also alleges that a number of other UTC aerospace civil engines infringe the Rolls-Royce patent.
Under a plan first revealed two years ago, Rolls-Royce and British Airways have invited fuel suppliers to participate in tests to evaluate alternative aviation fuels in a study to seek practical alternatives to kerosene, the current standard fuel. The two companies have requested samples for possible laboratory and rig trials and, ultimately, tests on a Rolls-Royce RB211-524G engine from a British Airways Boeing 747-400.
Rolls-Royce has received awards valued at $16 million for its participation in the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions & Noise (Cleen) technologies program, the company announced today.
Piaggio Aero Industries tapped John Bingham to serve as president and CEO of Piaggio America, as well as a member of Piaggio Aero’s board. Bingham’s career spans the high-end luxury automobile industry, where he served as vice president of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars, and most recently in general aviation as Cirrus Design’s executive vice president. Former Piaggio America president and CEO
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive is stationing an AOG mobile repair vehicle in Southern California to provide engine services. The vehicle will be equipped to perform on-site engine diagnosis and repair, including hot-section inspection of Honeywell APU units and module exchange for Rolls-Royce 250 series engines.
Rolls-Royce 250-series engine services provided by Essential Turbines of Dorval, Quebec, will now also be marketed by M7 Aerospace. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will service 250-series customers in the U.S. and in Central and South America. M7 will also market Essential Turbines’ overhaul services to federal, state and local government customers throughout the U.S.